House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
All the charm of a traditional property but with every luxury you may need on holidays. Just renovated, this house was once used as a wine store. The spacious living area is open plan with a fully fitted kitchen, including dish washer. The double height ceiling has aged exposed beams running the depth of the property. The first bedroom, located up 4 steps, is a twin room with an en-suite shower room. The main bedroom is upstairs, again with its own en-suite.
A spacious and comfortable property, with every possible luxury.
There are a number renowned restaurants in the town and the port, with a restaurant to suit every taste and budget, seafood is a speciality. This area is the centre of oyster and mussel cultivation for the Languedoc-Roussillon region.
Stroll past the colourful house boats parked along the quay,enjoy fishing in the lake, cycling along the new cycle lanes to Sète, swim and sun bathe along the 10km stretch of beach towards Sète, visit some great vineyards within a 10 minute drive, the renowned Noilly-Prat in the town, or grab a bargain at the colourful bric-a-brac markets nearby! A week is just not long enough!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Marseillan Plage 4 km|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Beziers/Cap d'Agde 20 km, Nearest railway: Marseillan Plage 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 5|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Double French doors lead from the courtyard to the spacious open plan living area. Unusually for Marseillan, this house is suitable for people with mobility problems as there are only 4 steps to the first en-suite bedroom. The garage leads directly to the courtyard.
The house has all the character you would hope for in a French holiday home, exposed stone walls inside and out, aged beams, a courtyard setting for meals outdoors, yet every luxury you'd hope for.
A baby cot is available on demand.
|Further details outdoors|
The garage provides private secure parking.
Walk through the garage and you enter the courtyard for outdoor eating and sun bathing for the beautiful property "Papillon".
There are double doors which can be locked between the garage and the courtyard, making it very safe for young children.
Double French doors then lead directly to the open plan double height living area.
A hidden gem with everything you need for a luxurious hideaway.
Deposit amount: 30%
Deposit details: The 30% deposit secures your reservation with the balance payable on arrival. A €500 refundable breakage deposit will be required prior to arrival and returned to you as soon as the property has been checked after departure, provided there isn't any damage.
Bed linen and towels are available on request and carry an additional charge of €20.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region
He Languedoc Roussillon region of France is blessed with its beautiful Mediterranean coastline and over 300 days of sunshine a year.
Marseillan is located on the Etang de Thau, an inland lake covering an area of over 7,500 hectares, which is connected to the Mediterranean by two canals. Being a salt water lake it is the centre of oyster and mussel farming for the south of France. It is possible to rent a house boat and travel along the canal du Midi, to the west all the way to Toulouse and to the east to Marseille. Other popular towns/villages on the lake include Bouzigues and Sete.
Within 30 minutes you can be in the mountains with stunning scenery, river swimming and great picnic spots. . Popular inland villages include Roquebrun and St. Guilhem le Dessert. Pezenas town is also within 30 minutes and renowned for its antiques with large antique street markets taking place in May and October. The bustling city of Montpellier is also about 30 minutes and worth a visit, even if its just to have a cool drink in Place de la Comedie and watch the world go by.
Marseillan is located on an inland salt water lake called the L'Etang de Thau, served by two canals linking it to the Mediterranean, with vast areas of the lake given over to mussel and oyster beds.
The house is perfectly located between the beautiful port and the centre of town, with parking directly in front of the house.
Two minutes walk from the house you may sit at one of the many port side restaurants and watch the bustle of the harbour, with everything from simple fishing boats to luxurious houseboats arriving and leaving. In the port area there is the distillery of Noilly Prat, a famous Vermouth. There you can enjoy a guided tour of the whole production process and a tasting afterwards.
The centre of Marseillan town, also two minutes from the house has numerous restaurants and bars, with quaint village squares and the indoor market Les Halles, with something for everyone.
Every Tuesday there is a market in the centre of the town, again just a 2 minute walk from the house, with fabulous displays of fruits, vegetables, raw and cooked meats, English books, cheeses, olives, soaps, clothes and gifts - something for everyone. The famous Capelet or "greasy pole" competition is held on the 14th of July in the port. Every Friday night during the months of July and August, a street market is held in the centre of town. When you've finished shopping, sit and have a drink as you people watch.
Within 4 km of the house is the stunning beach of Marseillan plage, which is a 12km long stretch of beautiful golden sand. There is ample parking and numerous restaurants to enjoy. There's even a bouncy castle playground for the kids towards Sète.
Take a trip into the beautiful surrounding countryside, with vines as far as the eyes can see, and enjoy trips to some of the local vineyards. Two producers noted for great white wine are located on the road to Meze, namely Fadeze and Les Yeuses.
Only a short distance from Marseillan and you will find numerous beautiful and historic places to visit, including castles, abbey's such as the Abbaye de Vallemangne, spectacular gorges around the Pont de Diable, grotto's such as Les Grottes de Demoisselles and caves.
Some of the beautiful and historical cities in Languedoc include Beziers, Narbonne, and the walled city of Carcassonne. The nearest large town to Marseillan is Sete, which is the second largest fishing port in France and the largest on the Mediterranean.
After all the sight seeing, market shopping and lazing by the beach, sit and relax at one of the cafes and bars in the port, with a cool glass of wine, some tapas and watch the world go by. It really is a little slice of heaven.
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18 Jun 2014
This was our second visit to Papillon and it was certainly as lovely as our previous visit last year. A home from home - spacious, comfortable, wonderful showers and constant hot water and all the mo… More
7 Apr 2014
We cannot speak more highly of this wonderful villa right in the heart of the Old Town of Marseillan. The owners, Dearbhla and Donie, were most professional in our dealings with them and quick to respond to our booking with the lease papers on my email virtually straight away. Our Security Deposit was returned to my account on the day we vacated Papillon. It is also pertinent that both owners speak fluent French. We found Papillon to be very clean,secure and safe for little children. Our 2 year old Grandson was with us for the whole two weeks and was able to play in the ample sized courtyard in complete safety without constant supervision from the adults. The Villa is no more than a two minute walk to shops including a great boulangerie, patisserie and butcher.
Papillon is so quiet that you could be a million miles from civilisation! Entrance is through the garage so any movement outside the solid property is not heard.
Highly recommended and thanks go to Dearbhla and Donie for providing a great place to stay in this wonderful town of Marseillan. We would return without any hesitation. Such a pity Australia is far away!
8 Sep 2013
"Lovely house in a lovely part of France"
This was our second visit to Marseillan and our first to Papillon. The house was great, really well designed with all mod cons, light and airy, plenty of room and lots of character. The wi-fi and th… More
2 Jul 2013
What a wonderful property. A beautifully converted wine store with all the mod cons one could possibly wish for and a fabulous sunny private courtyard. Excellently situated in a quiet road in the middle of the village with just a few minutes stroll for the morning baguette and the port with all its excellent restaurants. We couldn't recommend Marseillan and Papillon more highly and will certainly come again.
10 Jun 2013
"Wonderful house in a charming town"
We loved our week spent in Marseillan - a very charming town, perfect for kids with a wonderful warren of tiny streets, quaint shops with gorgeous places to eat; a brilliant market on Tuesday mornings… More
2 Aug 2012
"Perfect Spot in southern France"
We booked this house alreday in January and were therefore eager to get there over a long period. Contact to the owner and submission of any kind of further information was no problem at all - prompt and reliable.
Upon arrival we found a lovely calm street with friendly neighbours awaiting us to see how to get the car (Audi A 4 ) into the garage - it worked fine, however about 30 cm to left and right left just about enough space to get into the car again. Having two cars parked on the opposite curb side was not problem either.
Having a very fast WIFI was of great help too.
The house as well as the front yard were perfectly clean and in very good order. The kitchen is well equipped - the owner also brought over a coffee machine, since this item was still missing. There was nothing left to wish for us (except a small table lamp for the second bedroom - which was also promptly delivered by the owner). The owner asked us for suggestions as to how improve the place - we never had experienced anything like this before (!) - good idea.
Although the yard is surrounded by walls, it was never dark in the house or the yard. Even the fresh breeze from the sea got into the yard which helped us cooling down. As for this: big advantage is the Aircon - although only used twice.
Marseillan is the perfect base to reach all the interesting spots in the surroundings - its not such a hustle bustle place like Cap D'Agde or else.
A bakery for fresh croissants is only 1 minute away.
We can only thank the irish owners for setting up such a place. And although we normally dont go to places twice, we are considering doing this in this house.
2 Jun 2012
"Lovely quiet property in heart of village"
Marseillan is our favourite village in this part of France and 'Papillon' is now our favourite house in Marseillan! Having stayed in the village before, we were looking for somewhere larger than our usual rental to accommodate 4 adults and with outside space. Papillon satisfied all our needs and more. Beautiful renovation and, with all rooms opening onto the courtyard, it is amazingly quiet for a property in the heart of the village. Dearbhla and Donie were very kind and helpful and the property has everything needed for a lovely holiday. TV and very good wifi were bonuses for when the weather was not quite what we'd usually expect for this part of France in May!
We returned to a number of our favourite local haunts and, for days out further afield, would recommend the cities of Montpellier, Nîmes (we went to the Pentecost Feria) and Narbonne and, for ancient smaller places, Uzès, St Guilhem le Désert, Aigues Mortes and Carcassonne.
Marseillan is well served by restaurants, our particular favourites being Le Boulevard and, at the port, La Pacheline. But you are spoilt for choice.
We thoroughly recommend 'Papillon' and will, hopefully, be back next year.
25 Apr 2012
"The Perfect House in a Lovely Location"
My wife and 2 sons (age 8 and 5) have just returned from our stay at Papillon and it really is the perfect house in a great location. The house has been refurbished to a very high standard and uses the available space in a innovative and stylish way. The facilities at the house were great, British T.V. and Wifi were an added bonus. Having a garage in this location was a huge benefit even though on street parking could be found fairly close by. The courtyard was lovely and well equipped with tables, chairs, sun loungers and bbq, this space also provided a safe and secure area for the kids to play. It was a very short walk to the village where we found all the shops and restaurants we needed to make a great holiday.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this house to any family or couple thinking of visiting this wonderful part of France.
7 Nov 2011
"Very nice, relaxing week in a perfectly located house in the middle of Marseillan"
We had a week here in September 2011 and really enjoyed our stay. The house has recently been renovated and is well appointed inside with a nice open living and kitchen space, a double bedroom upstairs and a twin downstairs. It is big enough for four but would be very cozy. As a couple we slept upstairs and used the other bedroom as a dressing room since the wardrobe space was a bit small, this worked very well for us. There is really good free wi-fi, french and english freeview tv if you want it.
The living space opens out on to a small, virtually private courtyard which was lovely for sitting out for lunch, aperitifs etc. At this time of year the sun didn't hit the courtyard for long during the day but during high summer it should be fine for catching a few rays.
The attached garage is very tight, we had a mondeo (which is quite a wide car) and it took 10 minutes to reverse in first time. After this we just parked on the sreet which was easy enough and didn't cause any problems.
The house is really in the heart of the town and if you want to have access to some lovely restaurants and enjoy a bottle of wine or two without worrying about driving then this is perfect. There are some very nice places to eat within 5 minutes walk and the marina, with several good seafood restaurants, only 10 mins walk. We tried 3 or 4 restaurants and all were good, oysters are a speciality of the area and shoudn't be missed.
There's also a very good trattoria in the town if you fancy some treats for a night in and a good Carrefour at 5 mins drive.
The area around is very pleasant and we had an easy day trip to Carcasonne, visited local vineyards, went to the beach and had some lovely walks in beautiful sunshine.
For us, this was a great place to stay for a relaxing week - peace and quiet in the house but with mod-cons available, beaches only 15 mins by car if you fancy a dip, easy access to a wide choice of good value restaurants, plenty of domaines for tasting the local wines.
24 Oct 2011
"Hideaway and still so central…"
We are just back from a perfect one week getaway to Languedoc and stayed at Papillon in the lovely little town of Marseillan. Not much to be said about the house only that it was exactly as the pictures on this site promise: wonderfully redone, neat and clean! From booking to payment to actual stay – everything worked out just fine. The owners were available for any additional request. Thanks! Garage was a bit tricky to get in to but it was no problem to have the car parked on the street.
Town and region take care of the rest – this location could not be better. Marseillan is perfectly situated for excursions in any direction to explore the Languedoc/Roussillon. Gems we discovered: St-Guilhem-le-Desert and Uzès, beautiful. After seeing the spectacular Pont du Gard and sipping an aperitif in the evening sun in Nîmes we were in for a culinary revelation: an evening at Le Jardin des Sens in Montpellier……( Dearbhla, thanks for the tip!!)
And Marseillan is by the water with a lovely port only a stone's throw away from the house, fabulous! The icing on the cake was the bakery close by – fresh baguette and croissants every day….what a treat. Alltogether, another great week in France.
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